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Public Safety Communications System (Law Enforcement Communications Project)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $983,783)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Oak Ridge Police Department will upgrade and replace outdated radios, identify gaps in their technology system, and install a Repeater Site to interface with the future Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) Master Site. Currently, they are not equipped to communicate with surrounding counties. The Oak Ridge Police Department will implement a public safety radio system interoperability project that will provide coverage outside Oak Ridge's border in both Anderson and Roane Counties. The Oak Ridge Police Department cannot talk via radio with personnel from the different departments and jurisdictions hampering their ability to coordinate effective joint operations. Their goal is to improve the Oak Ridge Public Safety Communication System so that all officers, emergency personnel, and public works departments in Oak Ridge can communicate effectively and efficiently to address public safety through better coverage and future growth.


Date Created: August 14, 2008